In light of the , and the memories of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, today’s Mom Council question asks how you discuss these topics with your children. How do you explain television images of the attacks? Do you share this information with your kids?
Mom’s Council member Lauren Rosen said:
“I wish I had a clear answer to this highly controversial question, but unfortunately, I don’t. Every child has a different level of curiosity and tolerance for adversity. Parents know their children best and can base the decision to share details of this difficult topic on prior experiences. Most importantly, ask yourself how your child has handled adverse information in the past and what the benefit would be to share at this point.
There are wonderful children’s and informational books in the library to help address the topic of 9/11 and the “War on Terrorism”. There are also many helpful tips and hints on the Internet. Once a child has some prior knowledge and is emotionally comfortable, I would then, and only then, tell them about the death of Osama bin Laden.
Post discussion, I would make sure to open the door for further discussion. It is important to discuss it further at later dates to help solidify understanding and clear up any misconceptions or anxieties.”
Is this how you are handling the topic with your kids?